Judaic Studies



Eric Weiner: “Man Seeking God: One Agnostic's Flirtations with the Divine”

Thursday, November 15, 2012; 1:30pm - 3:00pm

Campus Location: Classroom Building 1, Room 103
Cost: Free and open to the public

In Honor of Abe Wise’s 90th Birthday

The UCF Judaic Studies Distinguished Lecturers Series presents Eric Weiner, former foreign correspondent for the National Public Radio, speaking on “Man Seeking God: One Agnostic's Flirtations with the Divine”.

Eric Weiner is the author of two books: The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World (2008), a New York Times bestseller, and Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine (2011).

The lecture is presented in honor of Abe Wise, a founding member of the Judaic Studies Program, on the occasion of his 90th birthday.

For as long as he can remember Eric Weiner wanted to be a foreign correspondent. So he could hardly believe his good fortune when, one day in 1993, National Public Radio dispatched him to India as the network's first full-time correspondent in that country. Weiner spent two of the best years of his life based in New Delhi, covering everything from an outbreak of bubonic plague to India's economic reforms, before moving on to other postings in Jerusalem and Tokyo.

Over the past decade, he's reported from more than 40 countries. He traveled to Iraq several times during the reign of Saddam Hussein. He was in Afghanistan in 2001, when the Taliban regime fell. He's also served as a correspondent for NPR in New York, Miami and Washington, D.C. Mr. Weiner is a former reporter for The New York Times and was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

The Geography of Bliss is Eric’s first book. It has been translated into 19 languages and is winner of the Borders Original Voices Award for 2008. Mr. Weiner’s writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Slate, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and The New Republic, among other publications. He is a regular commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered program. He lives near Washington, D.C. with his wife and daughter and their two neurotic cats.

The Judaic Studies Program, now in its 28th year at UCF, offers the Distinguished Lecturers Series to the UCF and Central Florida Community. This lecture is co-sponsored by Central Florida Hillel and is open to the public and is free of charge. Permits for parking should be secured through the yellow parking machines, available in the parking lots and garages, prior to the lecture. For campus maps and parking information, please visit www.ucf.edu.


More Information

Parking passes should be obtained in the yellow parking pay machines available in the parking lots and garages. For further information, please contact Dr. Moshe Pelli, Director of the Judaic Studies Program at UCF, at (407) 823-5039 or 823-5129.
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